Ask Anna: What are Student Experience Rankings?

By StudyLink

Unlike the more common university ranking league tables, student experience rankings are based solely on the opinion of students currently studying at universities. Universities are scored on different areas of the student experience such as:

  • Quality of staff/lectures
  • Structure of course
  • Social life
  • Quality of societies

Student experience surveys are useful not only for future students when deciding where to study but also for the institution being surveyed. This is because they provide valuable student feedback which allows institutions to improve their student experience for future generations.

May saw the 2014 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey results released, which ranks all UK institutions based on student feedback. This saw the University of Sheffield take 1st place, up from 3rd place in 2012, for providing the best student experience.

We have already discussed how university rankings can assist with your university selection, and the data contained in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey highlights how many other factors and considerations there are to consider when choosing your university. A quick glance reveals scores covering the helpfulness of university staff, the quality of the students’ union, the costs of student shops and even a score covering the perceived heaviness of workload.

Another student experience survey that we have found useful is the CUSC survey, which covers Canadian institutions. This survey can be found here.

The experience you can expect at university should be a large factor in your decision of which university to attend, so I recommend that you balance up both university ranking tables and student experience rankings before making your final choice.

We would love to hear your opinions of the student experience surveys and rankings, and if the results from these have influenced your choice of university.

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